Coronavirus cases in South Africa are rapidly climbing, and the spiralling outbreak recently prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to take drastic steps to delay the spread of infection.
But despite the early closure of schools, a ban on large gatherings and various other social-distancing measures, experts predict that many more people are likely to catch the virus, which has so far killed nearly 8 000 people worldwide.
As South Africans settle into a life of self-isolation and worry about contracting Covid-19, several survivors have come forward to describe what it's really like to be infected with the dreaded virus.
Dr Clare Gerada, a 60-year-old GP from South London, had just returned from a trip to New York and at first thought she was merely suffering from jet lag.
Then two days after arriving home, she started experiencing her first symptoms, she told Mail Online.
"As well as feeling rather tired, I'd started with a dry cough. Yet it was so mild to begin with, I barely gave it a second thought and put it down to the 'cabin cough' you sometimes get after a long flight.
"Soon after that, though, I quickly developed a terrible sore throat. I know some people say you don't always get a sore throat with corona, but I did – it felt as if someone had put knives in my throat.
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